Spring Lake Regional Park

 

 

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Three Rivers Park District

 

Overview

Spring Lake Regional Park is a bike park. All of the trails are paved. One leg connects to the Big Woods Regional Trail, a 12-mile paved bike trail.

 

History

 

 

Management

 

 

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Location

Size

374 acres

 

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  Area and County
    County   Scott County
    Region   Metro Area

Parking

15851 Howard Lake Road NW
Prior Lake, MN 55372

Park entrance
N44 43.140, W93 28.487

Parking
N44 42.994, W93 28.333

 

Hours

5 AM–10 PM

 

Fees

No fee

 

Maps

Year-round Map 

Dog Off-leash

Activities

Hiking

Trail running

Biking

Mountain biking

Horseback riding

Picnicking

Camping

Swimming

Boating

Canoeing

Birding

Nature photography

Horseshoes

Volleyball

Geocaching

Cross country skiing

Skate-skiing

Winter hiking

Snowshoeing

Snowmobiling

 

Trails

Boardwalk

 

Hiking

4.5 miles

Paved bike

3 miles

Dog

4.5 miles

Snowmobile

1 mile

A snowmobile trail passes through the park.

 

Hunting and Fishing

 

Ecology

Ecological Classification

  Ecological Classification
Ecological Province Ecological Province  

Eastern Broadleaf Forest Province

 
Ecological Section Ecological Section  

Minnesota & NE Iowa Morainal

 
Ecological Subsection Ecological Subsection  

Big Woods

 
Land Type Association    

Maple Plain Moraine

 
         

Native Plant Communities*

 

Southern Mesic Maple-Basswood Forest

 
* Source: The Minnesota Biological Survey, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Division of Ecological Resources    
     

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Hitting the Trails: Spring Lake Regional Park
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Sep 3, 2020

Spring Lake Regional Park in Prior Lake is our stop on this week's "Hitting The Trails" segment.

The regional park features over three miles of paved trails for walkers, runners, bikers and hikers.

 

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1/15/2017

5/2/2019

Amphibians

boreal chorus frog (Pseudacris maculata)   boreal chorus frog

Birds

Ten bird species with conservation status in Minnesota have been seen here:

Endangered

Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus)

Special Concern

American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)

Forster’s Tern (Sterna forsteri)

Franklin’s Gull (Leucophaeus pipixcan)

Henslow’s Sparrow (Centronyx henslowii)

Hooded Warbler (Setophaga citrina)

Lark Sparrow (Chondestes grammacus)

Purple Martin (Progne subis)

Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)

Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator)

eBird Field Checklist

American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)

American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)

Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)

Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla)

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

Great Egret (Ardea alba)

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)

Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)

Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)

Sandhill Crane (Antigone canadensis tabida)

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)

Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)

Vesper Sparrow (Pooecetes gramineus)

White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)

Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)

 

American White Pelican

Blue Jay

Great Egret

Mallard

White-breasted Nuthatch

Wild Turkey

Fungi and Lichens

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Fungi List

Artist’s Conk (Ganoderma applanatum)

Black Knot (Apiosporina morbosa)

Hairy Bracket (Trametes hirsuta)

Northern Cinnabar Polypore (Trametes cinnabarina)

Phomopsis gall on hickory (Phomopsis spp.)

  Phomopsis gall on hickory

Insects and Arachnids

eastern boxelder bug (Boisea trivittata)

goldenrod bunch gall midge (Rhopalomyia solidaginis)

goldenrod gall fly (Eurosta solidaginis)

willow pinecone gall midge (Rabdophaga strobiloides)

  eastern boxelder bug

Mammals

muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus)

whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

  muskrat

Plants

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas and Minnesota Biological Survey Vegetation Releves Plant List

Plants frequently found in:

Southern Mesic Maple-Basswood Forest MHs39

   

 

absinthe wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)

alsike clover (Trifolium hybridum)

American elm (Ulmus americana)

American hophornbeam (Ostrya virginiana var. virginiana)

American plum (Prunus americana)

American stinging nettle (Urtica gracilis ssp. gracilis)

big bluestem (Andropogon gerardi)

bitternut hickory (Carya cordiformis)

black cherry (Prunus serotina var. serotina)

black raspberry (Rubus occidentalis)

black-seeded plantain (Plantago rugelii var. rugelii)

bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)

boxelder (Acer negundo var. negundo)

bull thistle (Cirsium vulgare)

bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa)

catnip (Nepeta cataria)

chokecherry (Prunus virginiana var. virginiana)

cleavers (Galium aparine)

common blue violet (Viola sororia)

common burdock (Arctium minus)

common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale)

common duckweed (Lemna minor)

common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

common motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca ssp. cardiaca)

common mullein (Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus)

common yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

cup plant (Silphium perfoliatum var. perfoliatum)

cut-leaved toothwort (Cardamine concatenata)

early meadow-rue (Thalictrum dioicum)

eastern redcedar (Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana)

eastern white pine (Pinus strobus)

fragrant bedstraw (Galium triflorum)

garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata)

giant foxtail (Setaria faberi)

gray-headed coneflower (Ratibida pinnata)

ground ivy (Glechoma hederacea)

Indiangrass (Sorghastrum nutans)

large-flowered trillium (Trillium grandiflorum)

little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium)

Missouri gooseberry (Ribes missouriense)

narrow-leaved purple coneflower (Echinacea angustifolia)

northern hackberry (Celtis occidentalis)

northern pin oak (Quercus ellipsoidalis)

northern prickly ash (Zanthoxylum americanum)

northern red oak (Quercus rubra)

orange daylily (Hemerocallis fulva)

Pennsylvania sedge (Carex pensylvanica)

purple meadow-rue (Thalictrum dasycarpum)

purple prairie clover (Dalea purpurea var. purpurea)

quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)

red clover (Trifolium pratense)

red elderberry (Sambucus racemosa var. racemosa)

red osier dogwood (Cornus sericea ssp. sericea)

red pine (Pinus resinosa)

round-headed bush clover (Lespedeza capitata)

rue anemone (Thalictrum thalictroides)

smooth sumac (Rhus glabra)

spotted water hemlock (Cicuta maculata)

staghorn sumac (Rhus typhina)

sugar maple (Acer saccharum ssp. saccharum)

switch grass (Panicum virgatum var. virgatum)

Virginia waterleaf (Hydrophyllum virginianum var. virginianum)

western poison ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii)

white clover (Trifolium repens ssp. repens)

white spruce (Picea glauca)

wild geranium (Geranium maculatum)

wild leek (Allium tricoccum)

wild parsnip (Pastinaca sativa)

woodland strawberry (Fragaria vesca ssp. americana)

 

Acer negundo var. negundo (boxelder)

Acer saccharum ssp. saccharum (sugar maple)

Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)

Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard)

Allium tricoccum (wild leek)

Andropogon gerardi (big bluestem)

Arctium minus (common burdock)

Artemisia absinthium (absinthe wormwood)

Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

Cardamine concatenata (cut-leaved toothwort)

Carex pensylvanica (Pennsylvania sedge)

Carya cordiformis (bitternut hickory)

Celtis occidentalis (northern hackberry)

Cicuta maculata (spotted water hemlock)

Cirsium vulgare (bull thistle)

Cornus sericea ssp. sericea (red osier dogwood)

Dalea purpurea var. purpurea (purple prairie clover)

Echinacea angustifolia (narrow-leaved purple coneflower)

Fragaria vesca ssp. americana (woodland strawberry)

Galium aparine (cleavers)

Galium triflorum (fragrant bedstraw)

Geranium maculatum (wild geranium)

Glechoma hederacea (ground ivy)

Hemerocallis fulva (orange daylily)

Hydrophyllum virginianum var. virginianum (Virginia waterleaf)

Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana (eastern redcedar)

Lemna minor (common duckweed)

Leonurus cardiaca ssp. cardiaca (common motherwort)

Lespedeza capitata (round-headed bush clover)

Nepeta cataria (catnip)

Ostrya virginiana var. virginiana (American hophornbeam)

Panicum virgatum var. virgatum (switch grass)

Pastinaca sativa (wild parsnip)

Picea glauca (white spruce)

Pinus resinosa (red pine)

Pinus strobus (eastern white pine)

Plantago rugelii var. rugelii (black-seeded plantain)

Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen)

Prunus americana (American plum)

Prunus serotina var. serotina (black cherry)

Prunus virginiana var. virginiana (chokecherry)

Quercus ellipsoidalis (northern pin oak)

Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa (bur oak)

Quercus rubra (northern red oak)

Ratibida pinnata (gray-headed coneflower)

Rhus glabra (smooth sumac)

Rhus typhina (staghorn sumac)

Ribes missouriense (Missouri gooseberry)

Rubus occidentalis (black raspberry)

Sambucus racemosa var. racemosa (red elderberry)

Sanguinaria canadensis (bloodroot)

Schizachyrium scoparium (little bluestem)

Setaria faberi (giant foxtail)

Silphium perfoliatum var. perfoliatum (cup plant)

Sorghastrum nutans (Indiangrass)

Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale (common dandelion)

Thalictrum dasycarpum (purple meadow-rue)

Thalictrum dioicum (early meadow-rue)

Thalictrum thalictroides (rue anemone)

Toxicodendron rydbergii (western poison ivy)

Trifolium hybridum (alsike clover)

Trifolium pratense (red clover)

Trifolium repens ssp. repens (white clover)

Trillium grandiflorum (large-flowered trillium)

Ulmus americana (American elm)

Urtica gracilis ssp. gracilis (American stinging nettle)

Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus (common mullein)

Viola sororia (common blue violet)

Zanthoxylum americanum (northern prickly ash)

 

absinthe wormwood

American plum

black raspberry

bloodroot

catnip

chokecherry

common milkweed

common yarrow

cut-leaved toothwort

gray-headed coneflower

large-flowered trillium

Missouri gooseberry

orange daylily

purple prairie clover

red elderberry

rue anemone

Virginia waterleaf

wild geranium

woodland strawberry

 

 

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